If you’ve ever seen the work of legendary photographer Diane Arbus, you know her style is a little offbeat. Born into a rich NYC family in 1923, Arbus became famous for capturing “deviant and marginal people,” those who would otherwise seem ugly to most, with her camera. Unfortunately, she’s also remembered for taking her own life at the age of 48 while living at the Westbeth Artists Community.
But before moving to the well-known artists’ complex, Arbus lived in an appropriately “secret world,” a West Village back house that was once a stable, hidden behind its classic, Federal-style rowhouse at 131 Charles Street. She moved into the rear carriage house in 1959 after separating from her husband Allan Arbus and lived there until around 1968. As the Wall Street Journal reports, both the front and back houses are now on the market for $13.5 million.